Summary of

South India Temple tour

Duration: 17 Days/ 16 Nights

Major Attractions: Fort St. George, Auroville township, French war memorial, Meenakshi Amman Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Brihadeeshwara Temple, Fascinating architecture at Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram, UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Arjuna Penance and Five Rathas at Mahabalipuram, Meenakshi Sundareshwar temple, Tea Estates, Palm-fringed backwaters

Destination Covered: Chennai, Tirupati, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Swamimalai, Tanjore, Trichy, Madurai, Rameshwaram, Thiruchendur, Kanyakumari, Trivandrum

Tour Summary

South India has historically been recognized as a "world-class temple destination" due to its large number of temples. Carved stones or wooden figures and aesthetically crafted temples are distinctive or magnificent in their architectural brilliance and are renowned for rich sources of religious teachings, cultural activities, or divine powers. South India Temples Tour package includes sightseeing in Chennai and visits to prominent temples in Chennai, formerly known as Madras, as well as the city of 1000 Temples Kanchipuram, Aurobindo Ashram, temples in Kumbakonam, Swamimalai, and Thanjavur, historic temples of Trichy, Madurai temples, and Rameshwaram. Come and see the incredible part of Southern India!!

Detailed ltinerary

DAY 1

Chennai

You will be received at Chennai airport, assisted and transferred straight to your hotel. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.

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DAY 2

Chennai

You will be received at Chennai airport, assisted and transferred straight to your hotel. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.

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DAY 3

Chennai - Tirupati

Morning depart for Tirupati. During the day, visit the temple and attend the Darshan of Lord Balaji.

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DAY 4

Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

Morning drive to reach Mahabalipuram which is famous for its rock carvings and the beautiful Shore Temple. En-route visit Kanchipuram which is home to the famous silk and cotton weaving industry. Later you will be transferred to your beach resort. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.

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DAY 5

Mahabalipuram

During the day enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram covering all the major attractions. Overnight in your beach resort.

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DAY 6

Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

Morning drive to reach the former French colony Pondicherry (recently renamed as Puducherry). Palm-fringed beaches, backwaters, fishing villages, luxury beach resorts, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, a coastline of 32 kms, great sea-food, quality wine and colonial feel are just few reasons to visit Pondicherry. Stay overnight in your hotel.

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DAY 7

Puducherry

Morning visit the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Later visit the Pondicherry Museum and Auroville- a unique township dedicated to human unity.

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DAY 8

Swamimalai

Morning drive to Swamimalai, visiting the beautiful Natraja Temple on the way. Later you will be transferred to your heritage hotel in Swamimalai. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.

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DAY 9

Swamimalai

Morning visit the impressive temple of Gangaikondacholapuram, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Afterwards proceed to visit the famous temples of Kumbakonam, Thingaloor and Swamimalai. Stay overnight in Swamimalai.

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DAY 10

Trichy

Morning drive to Tanjore which has a magnificent history dating back more than 1500 years. Visit the Brihadeeswara Temple (a World Heritage site) before continuing to Trichy. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Remaining time is at leisure.

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DAY 11

Trichy

During the day visit the Rock Fort & its impressive temples.

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DAY 12

Madurai

Morning drive to reach Madurai. Evening visit Meenakshi Temple to witness the special night ceremony. The ceremony takes place every evening at 9 p.m., when the temple bronze of Lord Shiva is carried to the bedchamber of Parvati. Stay overnight at your hotel.

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DAY 13

Excursion to Rameshwaram

Morning proceed for a daylong excursion to Rameshwaram - one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Evening return back to Madurai and stay overnight.

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DAY 14

Madurai

Morning visit the Master piece Meenakshi temple - a great example of Dravidian architecture and sculpture. Later proceed to visit Tirumalai Nayaka Temple and Temple Art Museum. Stay overnight at your hotel.

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DAY 15

Kanyakumari

Morning drive to reach Kanyakumari. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.

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DAY 16

Kanyakumari

Day will be spent in covering the attractions of Kanyakumari viz. Vivekananda Memorial Rock Temple, Gandhi Memorial and Kannyakumari Devi Temple. Stay overnight at your hotel.

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DAY 17

Departure

At appropriate time transfer to Trivandrum airport for the onward journey. Tour ends.

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